British Airways High Life Awards

British Airways’ High Life seeks out new rising stars in travel photography, journalism & film with competition to win an assignment with the magazine

As part of the celebrations for British Airways’ milestone 500th issue of High Life this month, the New Talent Awards launches to find and celebrate the best young* writers, photographers and filmmakers in the UK. The winners will be offered their first international commission for High Life magazine which reaches 3.3 million readers.


The theme of the competition is ‘cities’ – writers entering the awards will be asked to submit an original 500-word travel feature about a city of their choice. Photographers should submit up to three images that capture the essence of their chosen city, in a way that is imaginative. Filmmakers are required to submit an evocative film about their city that is up to three minutes long, demonstrating both technical and creative ability.

The judging panel will include BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, renowned photographer, Rankin and director, scriptwriter and punk pioneer, Viv Albertine. Since its debut in 1973, High Life has commissioned some of the best talent in British journalism and exceptional contributors in its 42-year history, from Will Self to Jane Hilton.

Commenting on the competition High Life editor Kerry Smith said, ‘As we celebrate the last 42 years of High Life’s history we’re also very much looking forward to the future and the new talent that is yet to be discovered. We’re excited to weave the next ‘generation curious’ into a new chapter in High Life’s journey.’

On 3 February 2016, finalists will be invited to an exclusive exhibition opening at the Strand Gallery, in association with Proud Galleries, where their work will be showcased and the winners will be revealed. The winners will also be announced in High Life magazine and on The competition will close at 23:59 GMT on 3 January 2016. See for details on how to enter and full terms and conditions.

The Strand Gallery:
32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP
Opening Times:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm


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